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Major crime takes a dive in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Major crime is down 23 percent in the city of Grandview in a comparison of data between 2010 and 2009.

That's according to information provided the Grandview City Council this week by Police Chief Dave Charvet.

Defined as violent and property crimes, there were 488 major crimes reported in Grandview during 2010 compared to 632 in 2009.

The biggest drops were in burglary (down 38 percent from 168 to 104), auto theft (down 32 percent from 62 to 42) and assault (down 26 percent from 154 to 114).

There were no homicides in 2010 compared to one in 2009. Conversely, there were two robberies in 2010 compared to none the previous year. Further, there were seven rapes reported in Grandview last year, compared to four in 2009.

Overall, though, the 2010 combined total for major crime is the lowest in a decade.

"I am very proud of the men and women of the Grandview Police Department and the quality of work they produce," Chief David Charvet said in the report. "It reflects on the professionalism, hard work and commitment they exhibit."

Charvet pointed to outreach efforts in the community, such as the GREAT program, a school resource officer, gang awareness lectures, neighborhood block watches and the SWAT team.

That's not to say there aren't some trouble spots in Grandview.

Graffiti spiked more than 50 percent from 2009 to 2010, a hike from 176 instances of graffiti to 279.

Reports of animal problems rose by nearly 50 percent, from 259 calls in 2009 to 378 last year.

In addition, the number of traffic violations grew by more than 25 percent, from 2,263 in 2009 to 2,850 in 2010. Traffic violations have more than tripled in Grandview since 2001, when the total was 912.

When it comes to law enforcement, the report concluded Grandview is in the middle of the pack compared to 12 other cities surveyed in Yakima County.

Using data prior to the release of the 2010 census, the report shows Grandview is sixth among 12 county cities listed with an officer ratio of 1.94 per 1,000 population.

Grandview is also sixth among the 12 cities with 42.1 major crimes per 1,000 population.

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